Since I decided to work from home as an illustrator things have been quite interesting. I love to be home and not traveling everywhere. Be able to exercise at a gym and eat homemade meals it’s so great. I feel like I can finally get in shape and be healthier. When I was working away from home, all of those little things that make you feel like yourself were lost. So it’s great to be able to do them now. But working home is totally new and I’m still getting used to it. I found that if I keep a schedule, like if I was going to an office, I am a lot more productive. Waking up early, exercising at the same time, lunch around the same time, start and stop working around the same time. It’s hard to start sometimes, because there are always something else I could do, house chores could be done, errands… and when I start, it’s hard to stop. I could keep working until I go to bed but I know that balance is essential. When the clock hits 5pm, I do a pause and think if I really need to finish something or if is time to say no more. Because dinner still needs to be cooked, books need to be read, Achilles need to be loved, tv shows need to be watched, you get the idea.
Now regarding my illustrations, there is still so much to learn. I feel like I can practice all year until I start to get them to look they way I want them to. And I’m not even sure if they ever will. I’m trying not to be so hard on myself and realize it’s a process and it will only come with practice. One more reason why I think I should be practicing 24/7 sometimes. Even though I have been drawing my entire life, making it a career has been stressful. My income will rely only on my abilities.
I have been trying out more watercolor than markers or colored pencils and it has been awesome. I forgot how good it feels to paint. I still think I can render better in markers but I guess I just had more practice with it. I’m also still trying out different papers and brushes and see what I like the most. It’s like school again. But I’m ok with that.
For now, it’s just about having fun with the learning process.